Cork City fell to a 5-3 defeat in their latest Só Hotels Women’s National League game at Bishopstown on Sunday.
It was a frantic beginning to the game with three goals inside the opening 10 minutes. City opened the scoring on two minutes when Rachel O’Regan laid the ball off for Nathalie O’Brien who put in a cross into the box which was met and put away by Danielle Burke on the far post to give City a 1-0 lead. Galway equalised in the 5th minute when Lynsey McKey put it straight in from a corner. Galway then took the lead in the 8th the minute when Aoife Thompson pounced on a loose pass in the City defence and put it away to give Galway a 2-1 lead.
The remainder of the first half had much fewer chances with both sides having periods of possession but rarely able to test either goalkeeper and the first half ended 2-1 to Galway. The second half began with a bang as Chloe Singleton scored a spectacular goal from outside the box 20 seconds after the restart to extend Galway’s lead to 3-1.
City came back looking to get back into the game and began to have hope in the 52nd minute as Eábha O’Mahony scored with a great strike from the left hand edge of the box. City really began to take control of the game and were unlucky not to equalise in the 65th as second half substitute Katie McCarthy fired a shot well saved by Tina Hughes in the Galway goal and the rebound fell to fellow second half sub Saoirse Noonan whose shot was also saved. City equalised in the 67th minute as Katie McCarthy sent the ball through for Christina Dring who blocked the attempted clearance by Tina Hughes in the Galway net and put the ball into the empty net to make it 3-3.
City remained well on top with Galway dangerous on the counter attack and it was such a counter attack in the 75th minute saw the referee award Galway a penalty which was put away by Maebh DeBurca. Galway wrapped up all three points when Aoife struck from close range in the 80th minute and the game ended 5-3 to Galway.
City are back in action next Sunday 19th of May at Bishopstown when they host Peamount United with a 2pm kick off.
Cork City: Maria O’Sullivan, Nathalie O’Brien, Savannah McCarthy, Emma Farmer, Eábha O’Mahony, Maggie Duncliffe (Kate O’Donovan 90’), Zara Foley, Eadaoin Lyons (Saoirse Noonan 55’), Rachel O’Regan, Danielle Burke (Katie McCarthy 56’), Christina Dring.